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Latin for older ESL child

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    Latin for older ESL child

    I’m reading through the simply classical book, and really appreciate why Latin has been studied over the ages. I studied it for 2 years, So I completely agree that it is why I understand grammar, have a good vocabulary, and can learn other languages more easily.

    I am wondering if this still applies to someone who is trying to learn the English language. Our daughter grew up speaking Mandarin, and has been in America for a year. I know Latin doesn’t start in SC1. I’m just wondering if someone is struggling to learn English pronunciation and grammar if this is helpful or more confusing.

    Re: Latin for older ESL child

    MP waits until second grade when MP students (neurotypical) have a firm grasp on English phonics & the English language.

    SC waits until SC 3, second semester, to introduce Prima Latina orally. SC begins Prima Latina formally from the beginning in SC 4. This presumes good phonological and phonemic awareness from SC C, SC 1, SC 2.

    If your student is still struggling to learn English words and sounds, feel free to wait. When the ESL student has concomitant learning disabilities, we suggest waiting just a little bit longer. When all is firm in reading and language -- e.g., at a solid equivalent to MP Second or MP Third, proceed with Latin for all the reasons you enumerated! The only difference is that we would still recommend beginning with Prima or Latina Christiana, even if by that time the student has reached 5th or 6th grade chronologically.

    Does that help?